Wednesday, May 16, 2007

May Day, and the "Let Please" Karma

If ever there was a team capable of coming back from down 3-love; and if ever there was a team capable of an epic choke job...

This video is well worth the 7 minutes invested, if not for one of the greatest calls of all-time by Rick Jeanneret (right up there with Russ Hodges' "Shot Heard Round the World" and Vin Scully's call on Kirk Gibson's curtain to the opening act of the '88 Series), than for the time-machine experience of hearing the names Moog, Lafontaine, Oates, Audette, Hawerchuk, Fuhr, and The Dominator in the blue and gold.

And as for any self-proclaimed Leaf, or even Habs fans, jumping on the Sens bandwagon? You should be ashamed of yourselves. That would be like Poland rooting for the Germans after the seige of Warsaw because they were the European country with the best chance to win the war. If you need a team to cheer for, there's plenty of room on the Ducks bandwagon. I have a reserved seat next to Husky somewhere near the back of the bus. (More on the potential ramifications of Huskins-Sens final if Anaheim can actually manage to pick themselves off the mat after that 5-0 pasting).

One final sports note: as I write this, there are 7 minutes left in the second quarter of the Suns-Spurs game, and Tim Duncan is officially falling victim to the squash-"let please" karma. I know that very few of you probably play squash, but just so you know, when you're running around on the court in your extra tight navy blue adidas shorts, white head-band and Sabo-style perscription goggles, occasionally your opponent will impede your ability to get to a shot, at which point you're supposed to call, "let please". This results in the point being re-done, generally without any questions asked, as a sign of proper sportsmanship. For some inexplicable reason, the ensuing re-do point invariably ends up being won by the player the point should have gone to in the first place. By which I mean: if the guy you're playing calls a "let please", and you both know that he had absolutely no chance in hell of ever getting to the ball, he ends up blowing the mulligan replay somehow, and the guy who should have won the original point, does. Things always seem to even out after a "let" call in squash.

Watching Tim Duncan so far this game, with him knowing there's no way in hell that he should be out there playing with both Amare and Boris suspended (Timmy did the exact same thing they did, running on to the court in the middle of a potential fracas in the second quarter), the "let please" karma is wreaking absolute havoc on his game. Nobody misses this many bank shots, and he's simply too good a guy for his conscience to let him get away with destroying his opposition while feeling guilty about doing so. The man is totally lost out there. He just missed another bank job. Nobody goes 2 for 7 on bankers. Especially not "The Big Fundamental". Look for Phoenix to cash in on the Ewing theory (with a little help from the "let please" theory), and go back to look for Pee Wee's bike up 3-2.

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